Can you imagine if the princesses of fairy tales had to deal with social networks in today’s world? Can you imagine the coverage that would follow Cinderella, found leaving her carriage in pieces on the road, disheveled and talking to animals?
every newspaper would have it on the front page and the comments on Twitter it would make your eyes water. What about Snow White living with seven strange men? Can you imagine the hysteria and outrage?
Everything in life is how we perceive things; judgments made on flimsy arguments or misconceptions have become all too familiar, but the media giant’s constant negative spiral against Meghan and Harry is not only terrifying but seriously damaging.
You don’t have to take his word for what happened: the truth is clear, it’s there in black and white; all the negative coverage on the covers and the horrendous quotes.
I’m unrealistic and my interest in the royal family is small, but I can’t help but feel sorry for Meghan and prince harry.
Meghan has been depicted as a hideous troll who tried to destroy the royal family, and Harry as the helpless jerk who fell for her hypnotic charms. Why is this?
Born a prince, expectations were different for Harry, the infamous “spare to heir” but he paved his own path long before he met Meghan.
When we read our fairy tales, the story always ended with “and they all lived happily ever after.”
No appendage with a glimpse of his later life, maybe there was no fairy tale existence?
Maybe not today or tomorrow, but I think people will come to change their minds about Harry and Meghan.
Julie Bennett, Mountrath, County Laois
The hospital should be named after Dr. Kathleen Lynn
The call of the 1916 Family Association, strongly supported by TDs, Senators and leading unionists, to name the new children’s hospital after Dr. Kathleen Lynn deserves to be heard by the hospital board.
As Martina Devlin noted (“To name a hospital after Dr. Lynn in a nation that betrayed its women would be powerful,” independent irishDecember 16), where else would many of the women and children of Dublin’s slums have been treated free of charge, or pioneering medical graduates have had the opportunity to practice their profession in Ireland, or important lessons learned for treating patients with tuberculosis and pneumonia? ?
Ironically, it was a Quaker, Ethel Rhodes, who bought Providence House, a former Protestant charity, to provide the premises for St Ultan’s; and Sir Charles Cameron, Associate Grand Master of the Freemasons in Ireland and Dublin’s medical director, who secured Dr. Lynn’s release from prison in 1918 to pursue her medical goals.
They showed a far greater appreciation of the value of his work than their comrades in the independence movement or successive Irish governments since. It would be far better for the hospital board to follow suit than the legacy of our often misogynistic and bloody past.
Padraig Yeates, Portmarnock, Co Dublin
Ireland has outsourced baby production
In addition to Mary Stewart’s letter (“The state must support population growth,” Letters, December 15), don’t you realize that the Government has decided to outsource baby production?
Someone in government seems to have done a cost/benefit analysis and concluded that it is much cheaper to bring in highly-skilled adults, already raised and educated, ready for the corporate workplace and without the need for expensive child care and education systems, to have more babies born here in Ireland.
Free contraception and abortions allow for a lower birth rate, and if anyone is dumb enough to have a squawk, provide them with overpriced day care centers and overcrowded classrooms.
If young people survive that, they make housing so expensive that they all decide to emigrate; as immigrant workers will also not be able to buy a home, when their usefulness to the corporate machine has ended, excessive rents will ensure that they eventually return to their own country, reducing the need for costly geriatric healthcare, resulting in further savings to the Treasury. .
It’s just business, you know, nothing personal.
David Doran, Bagenalstown, County Carlow
Ding dong happily on high: get the words right
Note to the teachers responsible for the choruses that murder seasonal favorites on breakfast TV: It’s “Hosanna in excelsis,” not “Hose Anna In Eggs, Chelseas.”
Mark Boyle, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Taoiseach Micheál Martin well deserves our respect
A lot of ink is being spilled about Leo Varadkar taking the reins again at Leinster House and what it means for the country. On the contrary, I have only seen a few scattered lines about Miguel MartinTaoiseach’s mandate.
This is the politician whose party was rightly battered in the 2011 general election in its worst result since the founding of the state. At the time, it was predicted that he would be the first Fianna Fáil leader to never be Taoiseach.
Nearly 12 years later, Cork South-Central TD hands over the keys with the country near full employment and flush with cash, with a projected surplus of €6bn by the end of the year, as well as having hosted a record 75,000 refugees in the last 11 months or so.
He presided over the worst health crisis the modern world has ever experienced, immediately followed by the effects of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
He rules with a firm hand, thinks before he speaks and is not easily fooled within his own parliamentary party. Regardless of one’s political views, the affable man from Cork who the Tánaiste has described as a “voice of decency, kindness and good sense” must be given the usual respect for his leadership and, in particular, for helping us overcome the Covid-19 emergency so, along with the smoking ban, it will most likely be remembered.
In a show of political savvy and wit, it is the party that won 76 seats in the remarkable 2011 general election that is now openly courting Fianna Fáil for a pre-election pact as it tries to avert the inevitable. Who predicted that, dare I ask?
Tom McElligott, Listowel, County Kerry
Christmas is a wonderful magical time for children.
Aidan Hampson’s lovely letter (“The trip to the library reminded me of the importance of books for children”, meIndependentDecember 16) recounting his trip to the library with his three-year-old grandson reminded me again to read my favorite book for Christmas: A Christmas Carolby Charles Dickens.
Dickens writes in his preface: “I have endeavored in this ghostly little book to awaken the ghost of an idea that will not put my readers in a mood with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it pleasantly lurk in your houses, and may no one wish to put it on.”
One of my favorite quotes is: “Because sometimes it’s good to be children, and never better than at Christmas.”
Brian McDevitt, Glenties, County Donegal
Lebanon tragedy shows true meaning of comrade
I heard two old soldiers greet each other yesterday morning with “and the Leb took another of us”.
It says it all about being comrades in arms as opposed to coworkers.
Michael Gannon, St. Thomas Square, Kilkenny
Enjoy a drop at the expense of the Government
As the temperature drops and the cold snap reaches its peak, I’ve had a great hot scotch. The government put money in my bank account and told me to use it to heat myself. Always happy to follow government advice in a crisis.
John Williams, Clonmel, Tipperary